The sun was rising up over the mountains with wispy clouds around the Three Sisters peaks, making it look as if the clouds were strands of their hair blowing in the wind. I stopped in the middle of my run and took a look all around me and realized what my new home in Canmore, Alberta was all about. It’s about mountains. I fucking love mountains. They make me feel small. They make me slow down. They remind me that our lives are miracles. They speak to my soul. They remind me that the world is big and we need to appreciate it. They somehow reach deep into my psyche and whisper to me to stop, breathe, and enjoy life. It’s fitting that Alberta’s tag line is “Remember to Breathe”.
As I continued my run I thought about all of the great things I was going to be able to do for the first time in these mountains – some excited me, and some scared me. But in the matter of a month I would experience these mountains to the fullest; they would be my winter playground. In fact in the span of 2 days I had plans to soar over the top of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the next day I would find myself deep down crawling inside the Rockies. How often can you do that in a place? It’s a unique opportunity to experience the true range of these mountains – the top and bottom!
As you can tell – the Canadian Rocky Mountains really do offer something for everyone – from the top to the bottom to things in between. During my time in Alberta, I had a love affair with the mountains, waking up every morning and being greeted by them, running amongst them, playing in them during the day, and watching the sun light them up in a soft pink glow at the end of the day.
Get Closer to the Canadian Rockies With These Tours and Things to Do:
The first step is getting there! This region is gorgeous – so why not drive to it! You can take a road trip in Alberta to really soak it in and experience the region close to the ground.
Heli Touring the in the Rockies
Rockies Heli Canada Tours Website
These days you can do anything combined with a helicopter – hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, fishing, and you can even have a heli wedding. It allows you to go deeper and more remote, something we are all looking for in travel. The heli tours run year round and give you a different perspective on the Rockies. We did the heli snowshoeing which included lunch complete with special cheesecake to celebrate my birthday that day!
Read reviews of the Rockies Heli Canada Tours on Trip Advisor
Go Deep Inside the Rockies with a Cave Tour
Get a darker perspective on the mountains by going inside them. This is ‘wild’ caving – no interior lighting, no handrails, no walkways; a cave in its natural state. You must be ok with small spaces! I did the 6 hour Adventure Tour where we spent 4 hours in the cave (it felt like 1 hr!), including a 60 ft. repel in the dark and the laundry shoot where you had to slither through a long tunnel section. Not for the faint of heart; a true adventure. These tours are also run year around as the cave stays a constant temperature!
Read Reviews of Canmore Cave Tours
Quench your Thirst with a Brewery Tour
Grizzly Paw Brewery Website
Set among the mountains peaks, this newly built facility highlights the culture of Canmore and great bear. Tours are run Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. Plus you’ll get to try plenty of beer and soda samples during the tour. Or if it’s just good beer you are after, skip the tour and just go to the Grizzly bar pub for beer and food on Main Street.
Read Reviews of the Grizzly Paw Brewery Tour
Learn How to Curl Like a Canadian
Canmore Curling Club Website
The Canmore Curling Club was created for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Orginally it was the athlete’s village during the Olympics and then was transformed to the Rink it is now today. You can just be a spectator and watch league play or you can rent the ice and play yourself. Since we were complete beginners, we received special lessons, and it was a highlight of my activities in Alberta. If you already know how to curl – you can head over to the club and get some ice time. Else if you want to learn how to curl, then ask at the curling club about lessons. Or as an alternative head to the Banff Curling Club in the winter – they offer curling lessons on Wednesdays at the club from 6:30PM to 8:30PM starting in October.
Attend the Canmore Winter Carnival
Canmore Winter Carnival Website
The Canmore Winter Carnival is a celebration of the season and a popular community tradition for more than 20 years with events including ice carving, snow sculpting, dog sled racing, family events, and more!
I was a guest of Travel Alberta – however all opinions here are my own.